"American artist Roe ETHRIDGE's latest book takes its title from the French 'C'est pas du luxe', an ironic phrase which alludes to the superfluous nature of luxury whilst proclaiming how essential it is to existence. Such paradoxes are fluently woven through Roe ETHRIDGE's oeuvre and the photo book 'Le Luxe' encompasses his practice from the past decade, without ever slipping into the moribund gravitas of a retrospective. Plumbing his diverse image inventories, from personal images and magazine commissions to an archive of online screen shots, the book 'Le Luxe' continues his exploration of picture-making that disavows the potential for creating a finished work. Roe ETHRIDGE para-phrases William EGGLESTON when he states that he is "at war with the finished" in an era of digital photography straining towards idealisation. The pristine conditions of photography are undermined in the book's design and riff on Henri Matisse's apposite aphorism "exactitude is not truth" (Matisse titled two of his paintings 'Le Luxe').
Composed in three parts, 'Le Luxe' contains an unusual backdrop, the everyday of the artist, who worked from November 2005 to January 2010 on one commission documenting a building in downtown Manhattan on a site adjacent to the World Trade Centre. This narrative offers an uneasy balance to the fissures between analogue and digital and Ethridge's consistent undermining of his own certainties." (publisher's note, © Mack Books, 2011)
The first edition of 'Le Luxe' by Roe ETHRIDGE in a blue cover was sold out quickly, followed by a second edition in a red cover.
About the American photographer, Roe ETHRIDGE (b.1969) in Miami, FL)
Photo books by Roe ETHRIDGE
- Roe ETHRIDGE, USA
- Linen bound HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 25 x 28,5 x 2 cm., 206 pp., 200 color ills.
- Year of Release
- Mack Books, UK
- Print run details
- 1st print run (in blue linen, out of print), 2nd ed. in red followed the same year